Power Plant Operator, Associate - Heat & Power

Updated: about 20 hours ago
Location: West Lafayette, INDIANA

Job Summary

*This position is actively recruiting and accepting applications.*
Power Plant Operations: become proficient in the operation and use of equipment assigned to the position.  Operate, monitor, and log condition; check and maintain proper lubrication, pressures, and flows of Power Plant Auxiliary Equipment, pumps, fans, steam turbines, electric motors, and air compressors.  Be proficient in the operation of the water purification equipment (Demineralizer) system, including a demineralized wastewater neutralization system.  Monitor and maintain holding tank levels, and quality, including condensate tanks, DI water storage tanks, and deaerator storage tanks.  Calculate equations so as to maintain proper chemical solutions for the treatment of the boiler water, as directed by the Quality Control Department.  Interface with equipment computer control systems.  Access, log, and trend data from computers.  Analyze, interpret computer data, and communicate recommendations on equipment and systems operations, both verbally and in written reports.  Remove ashes from the coal-fired boiler and through automated ash removal systems.  Assist the other Power Plant Operators in the operations of the plant boilers.  Complete training program as outlined in Skills Inventory I, II, and III.  Maintain cleanliness of assigned areas.  Perform other duties as assigned, i.e. work assignments in plant maintenance, coal crew, and other departments, during plant reduced operations requirements.  Wade Utility Plant is a 24 hour/day, 7 day a week operation. Various shifts during training.   Must be willing to work any shift, weekends and holidays.  Must be available for call back operations.  Overtime as assigned is required.

  • High school diploma/GED
  • Valid US or Canadian Driver's license
  • Will perform the operation of fans, compressors, pumps, farm machinery, or other relevant types of rotating, stamping, or moving equipment; equipment may be electric, stream, hydraulic or air driven
  • Must pass departmental Training Skills Inventory 1 in the first 90 days of employment
  • Proven basic math skills, verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude required
  • Ability to perform basic computer operations
  • Ability to take advanced departmental training to learn other positions in the power plant required
  • Must be able to work from heights up to 100 feet and lift and carry 25 lbs. to 50 lbs. frequently and up to 60 lbs. occasionally


  • One year experience in the operation of some type of industrial equipment
  • Knowledge and experience entering or retrieving word and or excel documents 
  • Knowledge of either steam, electric, hydraulic of air-powered equipment 

Additional Information:

  • Purdue will not sponsor an employment authorization for this position
  • Wade Utility Plant is a 24 hour/day, 7 days a week operation
  • Must be willing to work any shift, weekends and holidays
  • This position requires available for 24-hour callback
  • Occasional overtime may be required
  • A Background Check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Non-exempt Defined Contribution Plan
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply

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